Wednesday, January 29, 2014

BattleBoards UK

Here is a advertising video for BattleBoards. BattleBoards is one of the very few professional gaming terrain board makers in the world. They have made numerous gaming/display boards for manufactures and clubs to be exhibited at Salute in London. They have recently begun posting videos of their work on youtube.  The link to BattleBoards is here. 

Here is the first video of his Mordor project, he doesn't have any of the others up unfortunately. You can see that he has been classically trained as a sculptor and uses materials I haven't seen used since I worked in movies a long time ago. Please note that fiberglass is very dangerous to one's health so don't muck about with it unless you know what you're doing. I'm not please with the "little Major" character but I'm happy to say he abandons him in later videos.
Though I'm not a fan of any of the fantasy football games out there this next video illustrates proper mold making techniques. very nicely.

Sorry trying to post too quickly. This video illustrates brushing on the first layer of silicone to make sure you get the details and reduce air bubbles. The blue stuff is silicone. Next he layers plaster on top of the dried silicone mold to form a base for it to rest on when he pours the resin in. Notice he also brushes on the first resin layer.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Begining

I’ve been a long time miniatures gamer and fan of Lord of the Rings I’ve been collecting the GW LOTR figures since they first came out in 2001 in conjunction with the first LOTR film. I enjoy the game and have played a number of games after a new years clean up I’ve discovered that I have 50+ figures earmarked for my LOTR project yet not a single one is painted! Some are partially painted from back in 2009, others primed, most simply glued to bases. And to top it off I have boxes and blisters of miniatures I’ve never even opened! This in essence is the reason for this blog, to chronicle my LOTR projects. 
Box sets from 2001 Fellowship of the Ring and 2002 The Two Towers.
Unopened blisters from 2001onwards plus an OOP Heritage LOTR figure and a Mithril blister.
Heritage and Mithril blisters.
In addition to to hobby projects I'll be including some articles on the lore of the Lord of the Rings and the Anglo-Saxon heroic literature which so influenced its creator.